Nissan plugs in to greener future with LEAF

Published May 14, 2021, 10:02 AM

by Inigo Roces

No more gassing up, ever

Are you ready to turn a new LEAF? Nissan Philippines certainly is with the official launch of its LEAF (Leading, Environmentally-friendly, Affordable, Family car) electric vehicle.

With the LEAF, Nissan wants to give Filipino car buyers a cleaner mobility option, one not powered directly by fossil fuels, and with zero emissions. In fact, this full-battery electric vehicle has no tailpipe at all.

Power and range

Powering the Nissan LEAF is an all-electric e-powertrain providing a maximum output of 150-Ps and 320-Nm of instant torque. Despite being a family car, the Nissan LEAF can go from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 140 km/h.

Powering the electric motor is a 40-kWh lithium-ion battery that has a range of up to 311 kilometers on a full charge (based on the New European Driving Cycle [NEDC] standards). This is the equivalent of traveling between Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City twice a day for five days for a daily commute, or a one-way out of town trip to Baguio. That’s quite a lot of distance on one charge.

Charging options

Charging it is easy and convenient. Upon purchase, owners are provided with the supplied universal charging cable. It can fully charge up the LEAF in 15 to 18 hours at home through a dedicated wall outlet. Owners can also go to quick charging stations found in select Nissan dealerships nationwide. These high-power charging stations can fully recharge their Nissan LEAF in as fast as 40 to 60 minutes.

Safe and efficient

Besides being fully electric, the Nissan LEAF is also packed with intelligent driving assistance features. These include Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Around View Monitor, High Beam Assist, and Hill Start Assist. It also features Intelligent Emergency Braking, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention, and Intelligent Trace Control to help ensure the safety of both the driver and passengers.

Another new innovation is the Nissan LEAF’s e-Pedal. This feature allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate, and stop using just one pedal by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. When the accelerator is fully released, regenerative and friction brakes are applied automatically, bringing the car to a complete stop. This makes the Nissan LEAF ideal for stop-and-go city traffic since the need to shift from one pedal to another is reduced, making driving simpler and more convenient.

Another interesting ability of the LEAF is its capability to serve as a giant powerbank. Besides powering the car, with the right tools, the LEAF can also use its batteries to power homes or equipment in the event of an emergency.

8-year battery warranty

To further ease customers’ worries, Nissan is also offering the LEAF with a three-year vehicle warranty or for the first 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first. It also comes with a very lengthy eight-year battery warranty or for the first 160,000 kilometers, whichever comes first.

The Nissan LEAF, is now available in the Philippines for P2.798M in three dealerships: Nissan Mantrade Makati, Nissan Otis, and Nissan Cebu South – V. Rama, each equipped with EV charging systems for the exclusive use of Nissan LEAF owners. Four more dealerships will offer the much awaited EV within this year, all similarly equipped with charging facilities.

EV adoption

“Finally bringing the Nissan LEAF to the Philippines is a high point in our efforts throughout the years to inform and educate the Filipino public on the benefits of EV adoption. The Nissan LEAF is key to realizing our vision of enriching Filipino lives towards a more connected, sustainable, and resilient society,” said Atsushi Najima, President and Managing Director of Nissan in the Philippines.

“The Nissan LEAF’s launch in the Philippines is the latest chapter in our electrification strategy in ASEAN. This is part of Nissan’s DNA of daring to do what others don’t as we make electrified mobility more accessible to the people in the region,” adds Regional Vice President for Nissan ASEAN Isao Sekiguchi.

Indeed, electric cars still have a long way to go before they’re widely adopted and accepted by the motoring public. With the launch of the LEAF, Nissan is daring to make the first step. Are you as a driver prepared to answer that call?

 
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